Title: Washing Day
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
In this series of prints, Sam Nhlengethwa has turned his focus onto the townships of South Africa. Township life has been an important source of inspiration for Black South African artists since the early 1920s. Nhlengethwa traveled around the country observing life in both small and large townships. What he has discovered is that as much as things change they still remain the same. People continue to live in their communities and spend their days getting on with very ordinary tasks such as washing clothes, visiting the hair salon and gossiping. These are the scenes that Sam Nhlengethwa has focused on and chosen to record, thus capturing a contemporary yet timeless sense of life in South Africa's townships.